Civic Center Plaza / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

Lenders who fronted cash to facilitate the city’s Civic Center Plaza lease are done sitting on the sidelines amid the city’s legal moves to void the 20-year deal.

An attorney for those lenders sent a letter to the city Wednesday demanding that the city make the roughly $318,000 rent payment it hasn’t paid or prepare for the possible eviction of the downtown high rise that houses hundreds of city workers,  VOSD’s Lisa Halverstadt reports.

The city decided to stop writing rent checks for Civic Center Plaza earlier this month following the revelation that Cisterra Development, the city’s landlord in the Civic Center and 101 Ash St. leases, paid the city’s volunteer real estate consultant for his work on the deals. City Attorney Mara Elliott and others argue the payments amount to a conflict of interest that should kill both deals.

The city last year also stopped paying rent at 101 Ash St. and asked the court to essentially bless its decision to halt those payments, arguing that it should not pay for a building it is for now unable to use.

The city’s facing a different situation with 18-story Civic Center Plaza, which it now relies on to house more than a dozen city departments.

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  • Jason Roe, the longtime San Diego-based GOP political consultant who was for years a key strategist for former Mayor Kevin Faulconer, has left his role as the executive director of the Michigan Republican Party, where he has feuded since taking the job with Trump loyalists who took exception to critical comments he made of the former president. (Detroit Free Press)
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The Morning Report was written by Lisa Halverstadt and Andrew Keatts, and edited by Sara Libby.

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